Chapter 9: A Conscious Death
Mind is the inner part of the body and the body is the outer part of the mind. These are not two things. Mind and body is not a right expression. The right expression is mind-body. You are psychosomatic. Not that the body exists and the mind exists. The body is the gross mind, and the mind is the subtle body.aspects of the same coin - one outer, the second inner.
So there are people who are identified with the body. These are the materialists. They cannot live. Desperately they try, of course, but they cannot live. A materialist only pretends that he is living; he cannot live. His life cannot be very deep; it can only be superficial, shallow - because he is trying to live through the body which is continuously dying.
He is living in a house which is on fire. He is trying to rest in a house which is on fire. How can you rest? How can you love?
The materialist can have only sex, cannot love, because sex is temporal; love is something of the eternal. He can make hit-and-run contacts with people but he cannot relate. He is constantly running, because he is identified with the body. The body is never at rest; it is a continuous movement.
At the most he can have sex - a temporal, a momentary thing; nothing deeper, nothing of the soul, nothing of the innermost core. Beings remain far away; bodies meet and mingle and separate again. The materialist is the most idiotic person, because he is trying to live through death. That is the stupidity.
Then another type of person is the idealist - one who is identified with the mind, with ideas, ideologies, ideals. He lives in a very ephemeral world - not in any way better than the materialist. Of course, more ego-fulfilling, because he can condemn the materialist.
He talks about God, he talks about the soul, he talks about religion and great things. He talks about the other world - but that is all mere talk. He lives in the mind: continuously thinking, brooding, playing with ideas and words. He creates utopias of the mind, great beautiful dreams, but he is also wasting the opportunity, because the opportunity is here and now, and he always thinks of somewhere else.
The word utopia is beautiful. It means “that which never comes.” He thinks of something which never comes, which cannot come. He lives somewhere else. He exists here and lives somewhere else. He lives in a dichotomy, in a dualism. With great tension he exists. The politicians, the revolutionaries, the so-called theologians, the priests, they all live a life identified with the mind.
And real life is beyond both body and mind. You are in the body, you are in the mind, but you are neither. The body is your outer shell, the mind is your inner shell, but you are beyond both.
This insight is the beginning of real life. How to start this insight? That’s what meditation is all about. Start witnessing. Walking on the street, become a witness. Watch the body walking.and you, from the innermost core, are just watching, witnessing, observing. Suddenly you will have a sense of freedom. Suddenly you will see that the body is walking; you are not walking.